Training Guide

Bankruptcy Litigation Overview


Training Guide

Bankruptcy Litigation Overview

Remote or in person

What’s Covered

  • The bankruptcy estate
  • Bankruptcy court jurisdiction and related litigation 
  • Core proceedings and related matters
  • Types of litigation: contested matters and adversary proceedings

Before the Session

Prepare the Attendees

Send the attendees an invitation for the session. Include this link, which has the videos and exercise they’ll need to prepare.

Prepare Yourself

Watch the videos and read the exercise so you’re familiar with the Hotshot material.

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    Bankruptcy Litigation Overview

    At its heart, Chapter 11 is an adversarial process. This course explains the key litigation concepts and actions in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, including jurisdiction, the bankruptcy estate, core proceedings, contested matters, and adversary proceedings.

During the Session

Part 1: Knowledge Check

Ask attendees these questions to ensure they understand the topic:

  • What is the bankruptcy estate?
  • What are some examples of “core proceedings” that the bankruptcy court has jurisdiction over?
  • When can a bankruptcy court exercise jurisdiction over a “noncore” proceeding?
  • What is a motion to withdraw and why would a party file one?
  • What’s the difference between a contested matter and an adversarial proceeding? What are some examples of each?

Part 2: Group Exercise

Lead a group discussion based on the exercise. To encourage collaboration, divide the attendees into groups to discuss the exercise, then have a representative from each group summarize their views to the larger group. Call on people to share their thoughts and ask others to respond.

Tip for remote sessions: use your web conferencing system’s breakout room feature to divide people into groups.

Part 3: War Stories and Firm Specifics

Share your own experiences and guidance, including:

  • Anecdotes and war stories (e.g., about a near-disaster or a tough negotiation)
  • General practice tips (dos and don’ts)
  • Firm-specific guidance and practices

After the Session

To continue their learning, attendees can check out related courses in Hotshot’s Restructuring topic.

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